I 'm interested to know if all your mods were done at the same time, Peter. If not, could you relay the difference each one appeared to make. I know that it won't tell me which are the most worthwhile mods, because some will allow the whole engine to work better.
You also previously said that you do not have vernier pulleys for the Colombo cams. How were the cams timed? Surely the new cams do not come with modified cam locks?
Can anyone give me some sort of definitive guide to 156s. I understand that Lusso is wooden steering wheel and gear nob. Veloce is carbon dash, leather wheel and side skirts, but after that I'm not so sure. I have also had previous confilcting advice about SP1, SP2 & SP3.
Would I be correct then to think that the Euro 3 engine was released at the same time the bumper inserts and door mirrors were change to body colour. Do the new body coloured mirrior still suffer from flaking paint and oxidisation? When were the suspension bushes improved? Some cars also seem to have a poor seat/ pedal relationship, whereas other are excellent. Yes, all have the height adjustable seat, but there are huge differences or at least I think so. Here are some of my observations, but these cars were not tested back to back:-
Early 1.8 probably Lusso has very poor pedals which are too far into the footwell to operate very well. Clutch was especially poor but probably worn.
1998 1.8 Lusso, as above but not as bad. Harshest 16v engine I've found. This one isn't driven with any brio though.
1998 1.8 (I thought Lusso, no skirts or wooden controls) with velour seats is very good. I drove this car very hard and it handled very well although it had standard suspension. Excellent brake pedal in terms of feel and travel.
JTD 135 bhp SW Veloce (1999 or 2000) seems to have the driver's seat too high even at lowest setting. This had Momo leather and is a very nice car.
2001 JTD SW with 150BHP and Momo leather. Very similar to 135BHP version but the engine sounded better (harder yet sweeter) and pulled harder. A genuinely surprising car and the first diesel that I would truely like to own. First class.
2000 2.0 Veloce. This one has velour sports seats. Pedals weren't quite right on this one either. Clutch pedal is too low so my size 11s were a bit cumbersome. Engine seemed a little harsh near the top.
1998 Selespeed. It has Momo leather and the five spoke 16s. I'm told that this is SP3. Great seating positon and great pedals except the brake pedal travel and feel. Brake discs were nearly new but had Mintex pads fitted. I blame the pads. Really smooth engine which loves to rev despite only 25K.
As far as I know the 1.8s were all standard suspension, and all the others had the 10mm lower suspension and 16" alloys. I found the standard cars to be a little soft but good, and the others to still ride well yet offer better control. I would still accept even a little more firmness, but this is probably a good compromise.
Can anyone reply to any of my points, or feel able to agree/disagree from their own experience. It would help me understand what 156 I should have.